What’s So Great About Young Founders?
What’s So Great About Young Founders? – Scott Warren Last Friday, the author Robin Black penned a New York Times op-ed entitled, “What’s So Great About Young Writers,” rallying against a culture that she feels unfairly rewards youth, rather than merit. Describing her path to becoming an emerging writer in her late forties, she […]
From One Semester to Another: Leaving My Comfort Zone Behind
By Katherine Dillon My first semester at Fordham University was much like that of those portrayed in movies and TV shows – I was almost always learning, meeting new people, or simply in a state of awe at the newness of everything. I had so often heard before leaving for college that my […]
From Pebble Beach to East Flatbush
A few weeks ago, I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a luxurious hotel located on the Pebble Beach Golf Course near Monterrey, California. My mornings comprised of runs along ocean-side cliffs with stunning vistas, and my days consisted of vigorous intellectual conversations about the lack of constituency voice in social entrepreneurial ventures, and the […]
A Semester of Milestones at GC Northeastern
By Sam Haas A few weeks ago, I received Northeastern University’s student government’s “I Am a Husky” award for my connections to campus and the surrounding community. I was and still am thrilled (especially when I found out the award included gift cards to Qdoba and J.P. Licks) about the award, and I want […]
How Do We Educate to Improve Our Democracy?
How do We Educate to Improve our Democracy? As Generation Citizen matures as an organization, we’ve realized that it’s not enough for us to solely focus on our in-school programming. We continue to improve and iterate our action civics curriculum and teacher and volunteer training, but we have also recognized the necessity of building […]
Defending Social Studies Funding in Massachusetts
On March 9, 2015, Greater Boston Advocacy Manager Leila Quinn gave testimony before the MA Foundation Budget Review Commission in defense of funding for social studies and civics courses. Below you will find an abridged version of her testimony. State law charges our schools with a civic mission that we must revive. Students often learn […]
GC Success: Sweeping Away Outdated Policies on Litter
By Ryan Castellano “Yeah, wow, this really has to change,” said Councilman Antonio Reynoso, the chairman of the City Council Committee on Sanitation, validating months of work that began with a student asking if we could do anything about litter. When the class of seniors at the Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick chose […]
Welcome to Our Newest Intern, Gabrielle!
Hi! My name is Gabrielle Aaron. I am a student at Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with Washington University in Washington—I promise this one is in Missouri. I am studying Psychology, Marketing and Children’s Studies. If you ask how they all go together, the answer is simply that these topics all […]
Swimming Like a Duck
By Scott Warren I’ve always had a weird admiration for ducks. When I was younger, my grandparents lived steps away from a pond filled with ducks. I used to visit it frequently, illegally feeding them breadcrumbs, searching for ducklings, watching them swim. It’s a little cliché, but one of the most fascinating aspects […]
Teach Young People About Civic Duties
By Rep. Javier Martinez / Democrat, Albuquerque and Scott Warren / Executive Director, Generation Citizen. Published by Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s high school students spend a lot of time at school. Approximately 140 hours per month, not counting extracurricular activities. How this time is structured, financed and spent is decided by a governing school board, […]
GC Boston Class Helps Passage of Homeless Youth Services Law
By Kristen Lobo Before leaving office, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth bill into law providing shelter and services to homeless youth on Tuesday, January 6th. According to the law, a homeless young person is defined as “a person 24 years of age or younger who is not in the physical custody or care of […]
#Trending @ GC
The increase in incarceration is not the leading cause of a decline in crime. – The Atlantic F.B.I. Director Comey discusses the racial biases present in policing. – The New York Times Differences in the quality of college counseling between rich and poor schools can determine students’ post-high school prospects. – NPR A Washington D.C. […]
CCF Fellow Miajia Speaks at the Ford Foundation
On January 23, 2014, Generation Citizen co-hosted an event at the Ford Foundation called “Educating for Democracy: The Role of Young People in Re-Invigorating our Democracy.” During this event, as part of the “Scaling Civic Learning” panel, GC alum and Community Change Fellow Miajia Jaware spoke as a youth participant. We could not be more proud […]
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NYC DCs Reflect: Haikus from Training Day
At the end of two longs days of training, we asked our NYC Democracy Coaches to reflect on the experience in the form of a haiku. Lots of mixed emotions – from excitement to anxiousness to plain old fatigue after a long day. Boston, Bay Area, and Rhode Island DCs: you’re not alone! We’re all […]
- Feb092015Read More >
Welcome to our Newest Intern, Admera!
Hi everyone, my name is Admera Khan and I am a transfer from Syracuse University studying the best two combinations, which I consider to be Politics and Spanish at NYU. I am currently a sophomore pretending to be a “real New Yorker” by living the life of a student/intern who thinks they understand how to […]
- Feb062015Read More >
#Trending @ GC
Why aren’t there more competent elected officials? The answer to this question is the same fifty years later. – The Atlantic This piece asks whether online learning is the future of education. – NPR While the spirit of activism is alive and well, there is a growing generational gap between the “old guard” and today’s […]
- Feb032015Read More >
Testing is Not the Answer
Civics education is in the news, which, despite the sexiness that the subject connotes at Generation Citizen, does not happen very often. Specifically, led by Arizona, several states throughout the country are considering legislation that would make passing the citizenship test a requirement to graduate from high school. We care about young people becoming active […]
- Jan222015Read More >
Strengthening Civic Learning in the Commonwealth: Generation Citizen’s Presentation for the Public Forum
Working Group for Civic Learning Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education January 22, 2015 Millbury Memorial Jr/Sr High School Thank you for this opportunity to present to the Working Group for Civic Learning. My name is Leila Quinn and I am the Massachusetts Advocacy Manager for Generation Citizen, or “GC.” We are a […]
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